Catching Up With . . . Jennifer Carne, Thayer Academy/Brandeis
Jennifer Carne was a three-sport athlete of distinction at Thayer Academy, a four-year varsity performer on the soccer field, the basketball court, and the track circuit.
A 1995 graduate of the Braintree prep school, she was a two-time team MVP in both soccer and basketball, and still holds the school record in the javelin (125 feet 9 inches, during her senior season). The Sharon native received the Nancy DiNatale Taylor Award as the best female athlete in her graduating class.
As captain of the soccer team her senior year, Carne was an all-Independent School League selection. On the court, she powered the Tigers to three straight postseason appearances, earning all-New England honors as a sophomore when she averaged 13.9 points per game.
Carne, now 38 and an assistant principal in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District on Long Island, N.Y., was inducted into Thayer’s Athletic Hall of Fame last spring.
“It was a very proud accomplishment and it’s so great that Thayer recognizes former athletes,” said Carne. “It makes you really reflect on what you did back in the day and how we excelled. All of those life lessons from athletics have pushed me into the position I’m in now.
“It was great being a three-sport athlete for four years and having great teammates at an amazing school like Thayer. Of the three sports, my passion would be basketball.”
She continued her education at Brandeis University, where she played soccer and basketball, graduating in 1999. Carne earned her master’s in education at Simmons before accepting a teaching position in New York in 2000. She quickly moved into the administrative ranks, becoming assistant principal in 2003.
The rigors of her position don’t allow Carne to stay active in athletics. Upon arriving in New York, she was a high school soccer coach and also played in a women’s soccer league.
“The demands of my job trump my Sundays to go play soccer on Long Island,” she said. “I do miss coaching. If time permitted, I’d like to be involved again. Currently, administrators don’t have that opportunity to coach.”
Carne earned a professional diploma in school district administration from LIU Post and holds a doctorate in educational leadership, management, and policy from Seton Hall University, earned in 2013.